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Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine

The Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine (MERLN) strives to maintain a leading position in the field of biomedical engineering by combining creative research with training an interdisciplinary generation of scientists. MERLN’s activities operate at the interface of biology and engineering and aim to maximise outreach at the level of public involvement, development, and the commercialisation of research. MERLN’s vision is based on sharing knowledge, infrastructure, and ambition.

A Brightlands institute

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Brightlands is an open innovation community in a global context, connecting four campuses in the province of Limburg: in Maastricht, Heerlen, Sittard-Geleen and Venlo. The campuses provide entrepreneurs, scientists and students state-of-the-art facilities to support development, education, innovation and growth. Naturally, there are close links between all four Brightlands campuses, and together they enable Limburg to serve as an innovation region where researchers and entrepreneurs take on the major challenges in the areas of materials, health, food and smart services.

Scientific breakthrough: Forming model embryos from stem cells in the lab

New research to unravel embryonic development and discover medicines

Scientists from the MERLN Institute and the Hubrecht Institute (KNAW) have successfully created in the laboratory embryo-like structures from mouse stem cells. These model embryos resemble natural ones to the extent that, for the first time, they implant into the uterus and initiate pregnancy. This radically new method opens the door to understanding the first and hidden processes of life, problems of infertility, or the embryonic origin of diseases. This scientific breakthrough has been published in Nature. >> read the complete news article.

Research

Research at MERLN is focused on developing novel and breakthough technologies to advance the field of repair and regeneration of both tissues and functional organs. The strategy includes, amongst others, the development of “smart” biomaterials which can trigger intrinsic tissue repair mechanisms mediated by the patient’s own cells. 

Education

MERLN’s scientists are involved in educational activities within different undergraduate and graduate programmes. Their expertise lies in biology, chemistry, materials science and engineering, with distinct emphasis on biomedical applications including, regenerative medicine.

  • Blastocyst-like structures generated solely from stem cells

    Forming model embryos in the lab: the backstory

    Friday, July 20, 2018
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  • blitterswijk

    MERLN makes headlines worldwide: 65,000 hits in 30 seconds

    Friday, June 1, 2018

     

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  • Blastocyst-like structures generated solely from stem cells

    Forming model embryos from stem cells in the lab

    Wednesday, May 2, 2018

    Scientists from the MERLN Institute and the Hubrecht Institute (KNAW) have successfully created in the laboratory embryo-like structures from mouse stem cells. These model embryos resemble natural ones to the extent that, for the first time, they implant into the uterus and initiate pregnancy.

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  • stamcelonderzoek

    Prestigious grant for research on stem cell-mediated tissue regeneration

    Friday, April 13, 2018

    Fundamental research on the repair process involved in tissue damage

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  • REGMED launch

    Launch new institute for regenerative medicine

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    RegMed XB is the new institute for regenerative medicine

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  • Directed self-organisation of stem cells into tissues

    Thursday, April 28, 2016

    Researchers at the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine at Maastricht University have developed a smarter method for growing human tissues in laboratories. This method cleverly stimulates the natural self-organising capacity of stem cells to form complex tissues.

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  • Major European grant for professor Clemens van Blitterswijk

    Friday, April 8, 2016

    Clemens van Blitterswijk, professor of Complex Tissue Regeneration at Maastricht University, has been awarded the most prestigious European research grant for individual researchers: the ERC Advanced Investigator Grant.

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  • Clemens van Blitterswijk appointed member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities

    Tuesday, April 5, 2016

    The Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW) has appointed Maastricht University's Clemens van Blitterswijk as one of its newest members.

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  • Professor Clemens van Blitterswijk wins 2015 Huibregtsen Prize

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

    Professor Clemens van Blitterswijk has won the 2015 Huibregtsen Prize.

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  • ESB Best Doctoral Thesis for Aurélie Carlier

    Thursday, April 30, 2015

    The European Society of Biomechanics has awarded Aurélie Carlier with the Best Doctoral Thesis in Biomechanics.

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